It’s the year for Bond. With the 25th movie of the franchise coming out soon, the beloved British spy has been righting wrongs and preventing global catastrophes for over 50 years. When you’re not talking about the agent himself, you’re most likely talking about one of two other famous aspects of the films: the Bond girls and the Bond cars. RM Sotheby’s has James Bond’s 2015 Jaguar C-X75 from the move Spectre. Technically not a Bond car—it was driven by a villainous henchman—the C-X75 lives up to the Bond Legacy.
In Spectre, Daniel Craig’s Bond works against a terrorist organization that dispatches Mr. Hinx, played by Dave Bautista, to take care of Bond. The result is an incredible chase sequence, with Bond driving his Aston Martin DB10 and Hinx in the Jaguar C-X75. The car was actually a concept that Jaguar had floated five years earlier. The concept’s debut at the Paris Salon garnered a lot of attention and support. Jaguar had created a gas turbine-powered all-wheel-drive electric car, with a stunning body designed by Ian Callum’s team. After the initial response, Jaguar modified the engine to be a hybrid-electric with an inline four-cylinder gas engine that was presumably going to compete with other hybrid supercars, such as the Porsche 918, the McLaren P1, and the Ferrari LaFerrari.
Unfortunately, only five examples were built and the program was canceled. When Spectre came looking for a menacing car for Mr. Hinx, the C-X75 was resurrected. Williams Advanced Engineering made six new cars for the chase sequence. Because the cars would be driving onto sidewalks and down the Tiber River embankment, Williams built the cars with a tubular spaceframe of extra thick steel tubing and other features like the extra-travel suspension. The RM Sotheby’s car is the first of the four stunt cars built for the movie, and was used as the ”pod car”—a car that was used to get reaction shots from the actors while not actually being driven by them but rather by a driver in a pod mounted on the roof. As such, it took much less damage than the other three stunt cars.
The car will go on the block in Abu Dhabi on November 30, 2019. It’s expected to bring in between $800,000 and $1,200,000.